Peterborough Public Health on Thursday reported two more COVID-19 deaths and 52 new PCR laboratory-confirmed cases.

During his media briefing on Thursday, medical officer of health, dr. Thomas Piggott, reported the 47th and 48th deaths in the region, noting that the most recent deaths were an individual in their 70s and an individual in their 50s who both received three doses of a vaccine.

The 48th death was reported to Piggott during the afternoon briefing.

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There have now been 17 deaths reported in January and nearly half of the region’s deaths have occurred since the start of the Omicron wave of the pandemic a month and a half ago. There have been seven deaths over the past seven days.

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Piggott began his role at the health unit on December 1, 2021, when the death toll was 25. He notes the health unit’s jurisdiction has an older population with a greater number of vulnerable people and individuals who have more risk factors for serious illnesses. which contributed to the “excessive bad impact on communities.”

The health unit serves Peterborough, Peterborough County, Curve Lake First Nation and Hiawatha First Nation.

“We have seen this number increase because – unlike previous waves one, two, three when Peterborough managed to have a much, much lower infection rate – we matched the Ontario average in a bad way. seen the proportional deaths increase accordingly. ”

Piggott says he is “very concerned” that the death toll will continue.

“Because it lags behind (the rate of) transfer over the next few weeks,” he said.

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Piggott also said vaccinated deaths occur at a higher rate than those vaccinated, noting that nearly 90 percent of the area’s eligible residents have at least one dose of a vaccine.

“The proportional (rate) of people (dying) among those 10 percent who have not been vaccinated is much higher and far exceeds the proportional rate of those who have been vaccinated,” he said.

“Therefore, the vaccine is an important tool, but not the only tool in our toolbox – the other measures to try to prevent the spread of Omicron are still critically important.

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Piggott has to get a vaccination compared to drinking and driving – even if you do not drive disabled, you can still be a victim of a disabled driver.

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“We are actually seeing more motor vehicle collisions and deaths among people who did not drink or have a drop of alcohol,” Piggott said. “This is because the vast majority – almost all the people on the road – do not drink and drive. But when you do drink and drive, the risks of having a car crash and dying are dramatically greater. ”

He says the importance of vaccines cannot be underestimated in what he says public health calls the “prevention paradox”.

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“You would not know what the toll of this Omicron wave would be, but I would say it would have been nothing short of catastrophic if we had not had the vaccine and taken other measures to prevent it from spreading,” he said. said.

The health unit’s COVID-19 tracker, issued at 4:20 p.m., reported the following data for the jurisdiction of Peterborough, Peterborough County, Curve Lake First Nation and Hiawatha First Nation:

Deaths: 49 since the pandemic was declared.

New PCR-confirmed cases: 52 since Wednesday’s update.

PCR Laboratory Confirmed Active Cases: 349 – more than 336 reported on Wednesday. The Health Unit notes that the number of active cases reported is an “underestimation” due to changes in the availability of PCR tests effective on 31 December 2021.

Cumulative laboratory-confirmed cases: 4 876

Cases in Hospital: Peterborough Regional Health Center weather around 16:20 Wednesday reported 21 inpatients with COVID-19 (most recent data). The hospital reports one patient transfer related to provincial prescriptions, the first for 2022.

The health unit reported 165 cases in hospital on Thursday since the start of the pandemic – another since Wednesday – and 30 cases have been admitted to an ICU since March 2020 (unchanged since Wednesday)

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Resolved cases: 37 more since Wednesday. The 4,479 cumulative resolved cases make up about 92 percent of all laboratory-confirmed cases since the pandemic was declared.

No new outbreaks were reported Thursday, maintaining the following 16 active outbreaks unless indicated, case details not made available:

  • Joint living environment No. 17): Declared 19 Jan
  • Joint living environment (No. 18): Declared 19 Jan
  • Shared living facility (No. 16): January 19 declared.
  • Centenary long-term care in Millbrook: Declared 14 January The home is late Monday reported six active cases among residents, down from eight reported on January 19th.
  • Peterborough Retirement Home: January 14 declared.
  • Kawartha Heights Retirement Living: January 14 declared.
  • Shared living facility (No. 14) in Peterborough: Declared 10 Jan.
  • Peterborough Regional Health Center: January 10 on the B4 inpatient unit.
  • Sherbrooke Heights Retirement Home in Peterborough: Declared 8 Jan.
  • Shared living facility (No. 9) in Peterborough: Declared 6 Jan.
  • Rubid Street Retirement Residence: Declared 2 Jan.
  • Shared living facility (No. 7): Declared 29 Dec.
  • St. Joseph’s by Fleming long-term care in Peterborough: Declared 29 Dec. The house on Thursday reported four active cases among residents. The house says the administration of the fourth vaccine program is underway.
  • Fairhaven long-term care in Peterborough: Declared on December 28, the House initially reported five personnel cases. On January 20, there were 16 cases (six residents, 10 staff). On Wednesday morning, however, the facility no active cases reported but the outbreak remains in force.
  • Riverview Manor long-term care in Peterborough: Declared 28 Dec.
  • Lakefield Extension: Declared 22 Dec.
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There have been 772 cases related to 96 outbreaks since the pandemic was declared – 357 cases in the last 30 days and 50 cases over the last seven days.

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Daily updates are posted on the COVID tracker. Note that 332 361 doses have been administered since 26 January 2021. About 86 percent of eligible residents (ages 5 and older) have one dose, 81.1 percent have two doses, and 50.9 percent have two doses.

Among youths 5 to 11, about 51.4 percent have one dose and 10.6 percent have two doses.

“There is still a lot of progress to be made,” Piggott said of ages 5 to 11.

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The health unit is updating its list of clinics on its website offers first, second and third doses for adults and first doses for children aged five to 11. Walk-in appointments are available at the Healthy Planet Arena this week (Jan. 24-27). All other appointments must be booked Ontario’s online portal or by calling the Provincial Vaccine Discussion Call Center at 1-833-943-3900.

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A number of Peterborough and area pharmacies offer vaccinations to qualifying recipients. Appointments are required and can be made by calling the respective pharmacies or the Ontario Government Website.

Testing continues at Peterborough Regional Health Center’s assessment center at 1 Hospital Dr. More information on booking a test by the COVID-19 Assessment Center can be found on the health unit’s website.

The health unit also encourages parents to submit the results of students’ rapid antigen tests to help monitor situations in school environments. Results can be submitted to: https: //chkmt.coRAT21

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